Ed Sheeran’s Game of Thrones song — Hands of Gold

He rode through the streets of the city
Down from his hill on high
O’er the wynds and the steps and the cobble
He rode to a woman’s sigh
For she was his secret treasure
She was his shame and his bliss
And a chain and a keep are nothing
Compared to a woman’s kiss

For hands of gold are always cold
But a woman’s hands are warm
For hands of gold are always cold
But a woman’s hands are warm


In the books, this was a song that was written about Tyrion Lannister a few years before this scene took place. Here’s what happened.

One day, Tyrion goes over to visit his girl Shae at the house where he keeps her. When he gets there, he finds a fatbellied singer name Symon Silvertongue hanging out with Shae. Symon addresses Tyrion as “my lord Hand”, making it clear that he knows that this is Tyrion Lannister, come to visit his whore. Tyrion threatens him, and Symon promises to tell no one. Later Symon writes a song about Tyrion called Hands of Gold. He threatens to sing the song to Cersei unless Tyrion pays up. Tyrion tells Bronn to take care of it, and Bronn later implies that he had Symon turned into meat stew in a pot shop in Fleabottom.

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